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Windy Hill Farm House

Originally built as a granary in the late 1800’s, the Windy Hill Farm House has undergone numerous renovations. It was first lived in around 1929, after the original farmhouse and summer kitchen burned to the ground. In 1931 the family moved off the farm and it was not until TWFM was given the property that it was used for lodging again. Groups would come here from the Twin Cities and surrounding areas and use this old building as a “Retreat House.” The front porch was built on in the early 1970’s and the back screen porch was added later.

The Windy Hill Farm House homestead is the setting for the award-winning mystery novel book series written by our friend, Lois Walfrid Johnson, titled “The Adventures of the Northwoods.” There are 10 great books in this series that teach history and Godly character in the early 1900’s time period. These are great books for both young and old alike. Check them out at Lois Walfrid Johnson Books.

In June of 2004 the Windy Hill Farm House went through another renovation. All new electrical wiring was put in, the screen porch was closed in with real windows and insulated for year-round use, the sleeping areas were redone and new roofing was put on the whole building.

Cabin Information

The Farmhouse is naturally decorated by God’s unique Knotty Pine design and is very bright and beautiful. The upstairs is divided into two sleeping rooms, one sleeps nine, and the other seven. We know you will enjoy the “new look” in this old facility.

  • Electricity
  • Heat: wood fired heater
  • Kitchen: electric range and refrigerator, counter and sink. Also has microwave, toaster, coffee pot (you provide the coffee), and electric hot water pot. (Carry in water from the pump outside)
  • Are you thinking of bringing your youth group? PLEASE READ Group Requirements For Youth Groups which affect the use of the range if your group includes minors whose parents will not be here with them. Please be sure to talk to a staff member about these Group Requirements For Youth Groups when making a reservation.
  • Sleeping: Two separate areas up stairs sleep at least 16 people, plus main-level fold-out-double bed/futon.
  • Tables and chairs for eating and games
  • Game field area close by
  • Area for tents and campers
  • A fire ring is set up for group campfires. Inquire at the office for campfire wood to purchase, or gather dead fall from the woods.

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Windy Hill Farm House Knotty Pine Design Living Area

Please Review Our:


Group Cabin Policies apply to any Group Cabins reserved by a group. Our definition of a “group” is a group of people who are mostly not an immediate family consisting of a dad, mom and their immediate children. In other words, they are affiliated by organization, not necessarily related. Example: youth group, church group, young adults, organized club, scouts, etc.

Family Cabin Policies apply to any Family Cabins reserved by a family. Our definition of a “family” is simply that unit made up of Dad and/or Mom and their own immediate children. For example, 2 brothers and their wives and children would be considered 2 families.

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Windy Hill Farm House in Winter

What to Bring

  • As a point of health and consideration for all guests, please bring ONLY freshly washed and machine-dried bed linens, blankets, sleeping bags, and cases on pillows. This cabin has 4-inch thick foam mattresses.
  • A jug/container for your water, any pots/pans/dishes you need for your meals, cooking, serving and eating utensils, dish soap, dish cloths, towels, bedding, flashlights, matches for campfire, money to purchase firewood for campfires ($3/box), bug repellant, hand sanitizer, games, etc.

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Windy Hill Farm House Bunk Beds in Dormer


Can I come before the 3 pm check-in time?

You are welcome to come enjoy The Wilderness, walk trails or sit by the lake, however, the earliest facility “check in” time is 3 pm. Please make every effort to keep the check in time you told us when you made your reservation and is on your confirmation email. If you are going to be late, please call and let us know your arrival time. (Please leave a message if no answer.)

Do you keep my credit card number on file?

We are able to keep your credit card on file in a safe, PCI-compliant manner. Rest assured the details of your credit card cannot be seen, shared, or accessed. We won’t make any charges to your credit card unless you incur a cancellation fee, and you will be notified of such.

Are pets allowed?

No pets or animals of any kind are allowed in any of our facilities. The only exception to this policy are ADA certified service animals.

Why do you ask for my credit card number?

We ask for your credit card number so that in the event of a cancellation or no-show, TWFM has a way of charging you a cancellation fee, according to our cancellation policy. Other than the cancellation fee, we do not charge anything to your credit card.

Can we drive up to the Group Cabins?

No. Please do not drive your vehicle to the front door of our Group Cabins. There are signs which clearly mark where you can and cannot drive. Please respect these directions.

Windy Hill Farm House

It is a very short walk across the lawn from the parking lot to the Farm House; NO vehicles allowed on the grass!

Log Cabin

It is a short hike into the woods from the road to the Log Cabin; NO vehicles are allowed on the trail, off the road.

Lakeside Cabin

The Lakeside Cabin is the only Group Cabin where vehicles and pop-up camping trailers are allowed to park on the grass in front of the cabin. WINTER NOTE: The road to Lakeside Cabin is closed during the winter, the cabin is hike in access only during these months. 

Do you provide linens?

No, TWFM does not provide linens. You must bring your own linens, pillows and personal towels. As a point of health and consideration for all guests, please bring ONLY freshly washed and machine-dried bed linens, blankets, sleeping bags, etc. The Group Cabins have 4-inch thick foam mattresses.

Do we need to bring our own pots, pans and utensils?

Yes, you need to bring everything you need to prepare and eat your own food, including your own jug/container for water, pots, pans, utensils, dishes, hot pads, dish cloths, and dish soap.

Do we need to provide our own firewood to heat the cabin?

No, TWFM provides firewood to heat the Group Cabins. If you want wood for a campfire, you’ll need to purchase it at the office, $4/bundle.

Is there a place for a campfire at each group/family cabin?

Yes, each Group Cabin has its own campfire pit. Firewood is available for purchase at the office, $4/bundle.

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Windy Hill Farm House Drinking Water Pump House
Windy Hill Farm House Outhouse
Windy Hill Farm House Outhouse

How to Reserve

Group / Family Cabins must be reserved in advance and are available on a suggested minimum donation basis.